March 30, 2023
I wish my computer cursor was this lively
Figma has tight animations to show off new features. Dig. And yay for hanging punctuation among oodles of other improvements.
March 28, 2023
Simple Mortgage Calculator
Trying to answer the simple question of how much house can we afford is made difficult by awful search engines. Shawn Hickman made this spreadsheet for non-financial experts and it looks quite good and worth the price. His overview video provides insight.
The Magical Musical Thing
David Hilowitz explores the 70’s toy electronic instrument from Mattel and speaks to the creator. We had one of these growing up and it was indeed a bit magical. / via Chuck Jordan
March 27, 2023
John Gruber on Wavelength
His post describes a new app for group chat, built on privacy and fortified with (deep breath) A.I. So good he’s on board and makes a compelling case as to why.
Was a Mexican architect and engineer. The places he designed celebrate form and color. This foundation catalogs his life and work. / via Richard Perez in a roundabout way
Chris Ware shares his day and process
Oh this video is gooooood. “A book itself is sort of the perfect metaphor for a human being. It’s got a front and a back. It’s got a spine, and it’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.”
March 25, 2023
Top 100 3D vehicle renders of 4,280 submissions
Clinton Jones organizes and curates these render challenges and they’re really great. Now I’m going through older challenges thanks to a collection of links on MetaFilter.
March 22, 2023
Classic Video Games Stamps Sheet
I could see this framed on the wall and that would be pleasing. (But then I see the stacks of things that are framed and not hung around the house.) / via Laughing Squid
Doug Wilson catalogs his library
From the shelving, organization, labelling and cataloging — an inspiration for anyone who appreciates everything in its right place, and accessible to share.
With locations in San José del Cabo, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Nashville soon, these hotels look zen. / via Naz
Naz Hamid’s personal website
For a long time this domain linked to other online homes for Naz. During the pandemic it started to evolve. Now it is a new destination unto itself. Thoughtful details abound.
March 20, 2023
Mashing up Star Wars ships with old aircraft in Lego
Jordan Fridal has quite the knack.
A bearded dude in an orange hat
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is clapping back in support of their emblem on social media. Some chuckles in the replies / via Brand New
March 19, 2023
Brand consultancy and media company with a homepage chock full of links and some fine keyboard navigation throughout. Their website is part zine, art project, commentary and probably a few other things I haven’t figured out yet. Fun!
New music video by Feist has some Michel Gondry vibes. Dig. / via Public Annoucement
(Almost) every music video of Michel Gondry
I loved the 2003 Director Series DVD of Gondry’s work. This YouTube playlist adds in oodles of more recent music videos. Also recommended: The series Kidding with Jim Carrey (with 8 episodes directed by Gondry).
Simple Type Co.
Dan Cederholm launched a new site that brought together his fonts and goods. He keeps adding to it with updates, samples and enthusiasm.
Maybe drone delivery will really be a thing
Actually, it already is. This video is a fine use of twenty minutes and as JP says, “makes me feel a bit more optimistic about the future.”
March 15, 2023
MonoLisa monospace font
Designed to ease staring at it for long stretches of time with bonus script (fancy italic) version / via Trevor Morris
March 14, 2023
What Aegir made in 2022
So many lovely expressions of form, experiments, mediums, and results. (Including the food, which sometimes is the most I can make in a day.)
Merlin’s Wisdom, cont.
“If you can't be a good example, at least try to become an interesting cautionary tale.” Merlin moves his wisdom but keeps adding to it. Re-linking as I’m writing a list to my future self (WIP).
Jason Kottke’s website is 25 years old
It’s a bright spot on the internet.
March 6, 2023
An enlightenment project exploring the impact of women in design. I particularly enjoyed all the profiles. Just digging into the resources. / via Daniel Benneworth-Gray’s Meanwhile newsletter
MetaFilter’s free thread had a link to this font of glyphs that forms borders and patterns that lock up quite nicely.
NOS poster by Senyor Estudi
A drawing with hundreds of people gathered, forming the word NOS (“us” in Catalan), a poster for the fight against cancer. More info: Never Give Up
March 1, 2023
Ansel Adams Lego concept
Reddit user LobsterThermidor calls this “The Landscape Photographer”. I’d dig seeing a Lego series like this, with artists in their element/studio over recreating just their works.
The Funny Pages in Modern Times
David Friedman missed the funny pages. So he used ChatGPT to work through coding up a tool to select and deliver the dailies through a page generated by RSS feeds. One of the best uses of AI I’ve seen yet.
February 28, 2023
Craig Mod on walking Zelda
and growing up, folks that inform your journey and ways that video games can inspire futures...
February 27, 2023
Vulfpeck made their merch Open Source—anyone can make goods and split the profits with the band (details). Andrew Neyer ran with it with delightful results.
February 26, 2023
Esoteric Color Palette Generator that “harnesses mystical witchcraft” by David Aerne. Scroll down for options and the extra nice color naming. / via Dan Burzo
February 23, 2023
Dan Sinker wrote about trying. He’s now made a patch to remind himself to do so.
Anish Kapoor sculpture squashed under New York skyscraper
Akin to his Cloud Gate (”Bean”) in Chicago, the as yet to be named blob is quite lovely and I hope to see it in NYC.
February 22, 2023
Save SVGs extension
Oh my word I didn't know this browser extension existed. I’m often trying to track down SVG logos and stuff for companies. It's Chrome based, so it works with Arc!
February 20, 2023
A new model: Private equity and employee ownership
Saw this on Sunday Morning and it was heartwarming. I’d fathom there’s an untold side of the story where the private equity firm is making oodles, but to see employees get some benefit is wonderful.
Jason Forrest’s career chart
Followed the path to Jason’s site from the Eames quotes and I can get lost for days on his personal site. The career chart on his about / contact page offers a snapshot of his work and passions—a lovely bit of visualization.
Charles Eames on design
“Design as a plan for arranging elements to accomplish a particular purpose.” Jason Forrest calls out a few other choice tidbits from this Design Q&A video with Eames. / via DJ
February 19, 2023
Diaries of Note
Shaun Usher (Letters of Note) started this new project in January. My first visit was this excellent entry about science and art by Raymond Chandler.
February 17, 2023
Unordered, incomplete list of things I want from a job
Lynn Fisher outlines a dream job. / via Guy
February 16, 2023
Bottles of Veuve Clicquot
Justin Duke made a deal with his partner “to celebrate things we’re particularly proud of with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.” And then he documents each moment. I really love this idea. (Plus also? There’s an RSS feed.)
February 14, 2023
OHno Type Co’s revival of Davida is joyous.
February 12, 2023
Valentine Moon Pie packaging
I dig that the box for these can be cut up into 10 individual Valentine cards. / via Brand New’s Friday Likes
February 9, 2023
Base lines from classic video games. Here they are pulled together in an extended song.
February 8, 2023
“A simple bookmarklet to tidy up articles for easy reading” and OMG IT’S AWESOME
February 7, 2023
Pat Kim x Hanji Edition
This moiré woodcut print is enchanting. (Watch the short video) / via Scott Boms
February 6, 2023
My Favourite Computer, An Old Mac
“I can tell it my thoughts and my secrets without wondering if it's going to share them with others, or with corporations.” – Connor Oliver / via Daring Fireball
Remove backgrounds in macOS
I knew this was a part of iOS but didn’t realize it was a contextual menu away on the Mac. Thanks Christian Heilmann!
February 4, 2023
Adobe adds photogrammetry tools
Turn still photos (from phone or camera) into 3D models with automatic subject masking and texture mapping. (Wikipedia on Photogrammetry)
February 3, 2023
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Titles
These end credits are so delightful, I watched them every time. It's neat to read this discussion with the folks behind them and their process. Bonus portrait of Prince by Kagan McLeod.
February 2, 2023
The 2023 Type Trends Report by Monotype
There are waves of vibe that crash into our visual shores through type. Monotype always collects keen perspectives for a surf report. / via Brand New
The Creative Act: A Way of Being
I invariably love or really appreciate most things Rick Rubin has produced. Reading his insights on creativity and life sounds like something good for the soul. Will report back. (Sidenote: Did you know Uncrate has a store. Look at this pencil sharpener!)
February 1, 2023
Fully cooked, portion controlled and healthy. Dag I wish we had this sort of thing in Cincinnati. (SF & SoCal only at this point.)
Cat flyer for kindness
Brad Montague made a flyer with a cat. It’s invitation to step out and do something for someone else (and available to download and print).
Limited edition prints by artists from around the world. A favorite design element is when you click into a detail view and the page pulls colors from the artwork. / via Fonts in Use
January 31, 2023
Correct the Internet
Due to human bias, search engines have learnt to prioritize sportsmen in search results, even when the facts put sportswomen first. This site was created to inspire change.
January 27, 2023
AI-generated code helps learning and experimentation
Outside of image generation and prose, it's interesting to understand a coding workflow. Matt Webb has thoughts and shares some insight and throws some bonus footnotes about language models. I particularly like this application angle to “parse intent instead of nouns”
Ivory for iOS
A Mastodon app by Tapbots that leaps over the current experience on Twitter. Also enjoying the Ice Cubes app by Thomas Ricouard
January 25, 2023
OH no Type Co Reels
James Edmondson makes learning about typography superdooper fun. I've been learning lots about type history and usage from his reels. (Ugh. Instagram. But still!)
Frank Lloyd Wright Racine Collection
Steelcase is opening up orders on a line of desks and chairs re-imagined from Frank Lloyd Wright designs. On all my trips to FLW places, furniture was scaled for shorter folks and frankly, not comfortable. The pieces are not boring though.
Here’s a great place to dive into Scott Bom’s personal website that has the best buckets of navigation and a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to delve into Documenting for a stream of inspiration and type releases. (But all sections are filled with goodness)
January 24, 2023
Smith & Diction’s Pitch Deck
All wrapped up nicely in a Figma presentation with tangent links to moodboards and samples.